FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Fire Season terminated 12:01 p.m. October 24, 2022.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS: - Regulated Closure Terminated for October 14, 2022
IFPL Map MH1 IFPL: - IFPL not in effect MH4 IFPL: - IFPL not in effect
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIAL FIRE PRECAUTIONS: - Terminated for John Day and Prineville Units

Friday, April 14, 2023

Public hearing on proposed budget for Central Oregon District - May 2, 2023


Pursuant to ORS 477.250, notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held to

receive from any interested persons suggestions, advice, objections or remonstrances to the

proposed budget for the Central Oregon Forest Protection District. A hearing will be held on

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023, at 1:00 P.M., at the Oregon Department of Forestry – District Office,

3501 NE 3rd Street, Prineville, OR. Copies of the tentative budget may be inspected during

normal working hours. Those persons wishing to participate virtually may do so at the following

link: Written comments may be submitted at the public

hearing or submitted via USPS mail (Attn: State Forester, 3501 NE 3rd Street Prineville, OR

97754), John Day and The Dalles unit offices, or email ( no later

than 5:00 pm on May 8, 2023. To ensure the broadest range of services to individuals with

disabilities, persons with disabilities requiring special arrangements should contact

541-447-5658 at least two working days in advance.



Wednesday, October 20, 2021

 Hood River-Wasco Counties Forestland Classification Committee

 -Public Meeting-

The Hood River-Wasco Counties Forestland Classification Committee has called a public meeting at the following time and location.

DATE:                        Wednesday October 27, 2021

TIME:                         12:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. 


                                    The public is welcome to attend via Zoom videoconference at the following:


Phone # if computer audio is not working:

                                    1-669-900-6833 or 1-253-215-8782

Meeting ID: 937 5438 6244

The purpose of this meeting is to review draft classification mapping and plan for public outreach meetings and formal hearings to finalize the classification process in Hood River and Wasco counties.  This Committee review determines lands that may be classified as “Forestland” (ORS 477.001(9)) which determines what lands are protected from wildfire by the Oregon Department of Forestry. 


Kristin Dodd

Forestland Classification Committee Secretary

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Fire Season Ends for ODF’s Central Oregon District

[Prineville, Ore.]  Fire Season in Oregon Department of Forestry’s (ODF) Central Oregon District will terminate at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021.  Burning of slash piles or other debris from forest operations or fuels treatment projects will not be permitted until additional precipitation is received.  Cooler fall temperatures and periodic moisture has reduced fire behavior and improved fuel conditions across the District.

“Ending Fire Season doesn’t mean there isn’t a risk of wildfire,” emphasizes Frank Jones, Wildland Fire Supervisor in Prineville. “People need to be careful if they are burning, or engaging in any other activity that could spark a fire.  This is the time to be attentive and cautious.”   

Human caused fires account for 62% (72 fires) of the fires in the Central Oregon District this year, this is 110% of the ten-year average.  Typically, there is an increase in human caused fires just before the start of Fire Season, and just after Fire Season ends.  These uncontrolled fires are often linked to careless debris burning or burning in windy conditions and abandoned campfires.   

With the termination of fire season, burning yard debris and the use of burn barrels is allowed, however these fires should be kept small, and any surrounding fuel should be cleared away to reduce potential spread.  A fire tool, such as a shovel, and water or a fire extinguisher should be available to help control the fire if needed.  Fires should not be left unattended, should be DEAD OUT! and cool to the touch when you leave.  Check with your local fire district for burning regulations in your area, including restrictions on campfires and recreational fires. Failure to follow burn permit instructions or burning on days when burning is not allowed may result in a citation or liability for fire suppression work. 

·        John Day Unit—Burning yard debris and burn barrels is allowed.  No permit is required from ODF, check with your local fire department to determine if they require a permit.

·        Prineville Unit (Sisters Sub-Unit)—A burn permit from ODF or your local fire department is required for burning yard debris or using a burn barrel. 

·        The Dalles Unit—A burn permit from ODF or your local fire department is required for burning yard debris or using a burn barrel. 

When burning it is important to monitor the weather and be prepared for shifting and erratic winds which may spread fire outside the burn area.    Wildfires cause damage to Oregon’s natural resources, including affecting water, soil and air quality and impact local communities.

Fire Season in the Central Oregon District began June 1st this year, lasting 137 days.  In addition to the 72 human caused wildfires which burned 2,632 acres, there were 44 wildfires caused by lightning which burned 2,432 acres. Lightning fires were 66% of the ten-year average.  Overall, 5,063 acres were burned across Central Oregon District protected lands, 58% of the ten-year average.  Eighty-five percent of the fires were contained at less than ten acres.    

For additional information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, including contact information and unit offices, please visit